“Jeopardy” Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80

Alex Trebek

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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has died after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years.

“Jeopardy!” studio Sony says Trebek died at his California home early Sunday with family and friends surrounding him. He was 80.

Trebek presided over the beloved quiz show for more than 30 years.

He was a master of the format, engaging in friendly banter with contestants and appearing genuinely pleased when they answered correctly. He was also able to move the game along in a brisk no-nonsense fashion whenever people struggled for answers.

“Jeopardy” has long been a part of the CBS 8 daytime lineup, airing weekdays at 4:30 p.m.

 

STATEMENT FROM “JEOPARDY”

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (November 8, 2020) – JEOPARDY! is saddened to share that Alex
Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. He
was 80 years old.

Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host JEOPARDY!
for the next 18 months. Throughout that time, Alex was open and public about his battle with
cancer. JEOPARDY! episodes hosted by Alex will air through December 25, 2020 (his last day
in the studio was October 29). The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Alex hosted dozens of game shows before becoming the host of
JEOPARDY! in its syndicated debut in 1984. He hosted more than 8,200 JEOPARDY! episodes
over the course of nearly 37 seasons, setting a Guinness World Record for hosting the most
episodes of a single game show. Alex won the Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Game
Show Host seven times and was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He received the Order of Canada honor from his native
land in 2017.

“This is an enormous loss for the JEOPARDY! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans. He
was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working
beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host JEOPARDY! was an
incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to
perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen.
His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever,”
said Mike Richards, JEOPARDY! Executive Producer.

Alex is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky. The family
has announced no plans for a service, but gifts in Alex’s memory could go to World Vision.
“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” said Tony
Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of JEOPARDY! and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Jean, Matthew, Emily, and Nicky.”

“We join our colleagues at Sony Pictures in mourning the passing of Alex Trebek,” said Kenichiro
Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Alex was an extraordinary talent
whose intelligence, wit and comforting presence appealed to millions of people around the world
and made JEOPARDY! the outstanding show it is today.”

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